Board of Directors
The Board of Directors for the NWVCIL represent a wide variety of disciplines and expertise, all brought together with the focus of improving and bringing light to the work done by the NWVCIL and her staff.
Mary Lou Baker
He was professionally employed for thirty-eight years as a rehabilitation counselor, disability determination examiner, alcohol and drug and general mental health counselor and again as a rehabilitation counselor. He worked in various settings. His initial employment in 1967 was as a rehabilitation counselor at the West Virginia University Medical Center. He was subsequently transferred to, and employed at the Robert F. Kennedy Youth Center, a minimum security federal prison for youthful offenders, in Morgantown as a rehabilitation counselor. He was a disability determination examiner for ten years from 1974 to 1984. Employment form 1967 to 1984 was with the West Virginia Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
In 1984 he began employment with the Valley Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center, Inc. in Morgantown. He was initially employed as an alcohol and drug counselor for the DUI Safety and Treatment Program. He also provided general mental health services counseling and was on the emergency on-call roster. He later became the Housing Specialist to facilitate and secure housing for individuals with mental disabilities being treated and discharged from inpatient and outpatient West Virginia state mental health treatment facilities. Following the completion of this service, he accepted a job in the personnel department as the Employment and Training Officer.
In 1997 he was again employed as a rehabilitation counselor with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services in the Morgantown office. Initially he was the cardiac rehabilitation specialist and independent living specialist. Later he became the sole independent living rehabilitation specialist.
Mr. Lindley became a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor in 1974 when this credential was first available through the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association. In 1987 he became a West Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor. This was the first year this credential was available in West Virginia. He maintained this credential until the June 30th 2009 renewal cycle which was four years after he retired. By this time Mr. Lindley had determined he would not be returning to professional employment and chose not to renew LPC certification.
He retired from the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services in 2005.
Mr. Lindley has been married to an Ohio native for fifty years and is the father of two sons, one a West Virginia OB/GYN physician and the other a Director of Development for the University of California. He and his wife are grandparents to five grandchildren, three girls and two boys.
Throughout his life Mr. Lindley has been extensively and significantly involved in community social and service activities and organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, the Episcopal Church, Western Square Dancing, the school system, the fire service and fairs and festivals.
Mr. Lindley joined the Board of Directors of the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living in January of 1998. He has served as a Member at Large to the Executive Committee, as Vice President and currently serves as the Board President.
Devin Wanner joined the board in September 2010. Wanner has 19 years of experience in public relations with the federal government. He has served on the Civil Rights Committee in numerous capacities over the years providing information to employees on accessibility and other issues for people with disabilities.
“I was really thrilled when this opportunity became available,” said Wanner. “I believe that everyone has the right to fully participate in every aspect of a community. I am honored to serve on the board, and to help people realize their goal of living independently.”
Helen Panzironi is the Training and Development Program Manager for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) at West Virginia University, where she has been working for the past twenty-two years. She holds a Masters of Social Work, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Helen has worked in the field of developmental and other disabilities since 1974. Her major interests include disability advocacy, consumer-directed services, self-determination, strategic mapping, systems change and development.
James B. Davis is a graduate of WVU’s School of Business and Economics where he earned both his B.S. (1986) and Master’s (1992) in Business Administration. Jim’s background ranges from retail management, sales & marketing, to management, entrepreneurship and higher education.
Jim started his career in 1986 at the JC Penney Company as a merchandise manager. After completing his training in Bridgeport, WV, Jim was promoted and transferred to Bridgeville, PA and later to Youngstown, OH. After leaving Penneys Jim returned to Morgantown and WVU to begin working on his MBA. During that time Jim accepted a position with the Xerox Corporation where he successfully worked in an array of positions in sales, marketing, quality management and training. Following Xerox and the completion of his Master’s degree, Jim accepted a sales and marketing position with Bristol Myers Squibb pharmaceuticals. While in pharmaceuticals, Jim also worked for Alza Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals, and finally Sepracor Pharmaceuticals. In 2008 Jim left the pharmaceutical industry and took the position of Director of Sales & Marketing for Mon Healthcare and Fairmont Home Medical. Also, in 2008, Jim began working as an adjunct instructor for Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College. In 2012 Jim opened up his own medical equipment and supply company, West Virginia Discount Medical in Morgantown. In August of 2013 Jim accepted a position as full-time faculty in the Business Department of Pierpont Community & Technical College. In August of 2014 Jim accepted an offer to sell his medical equipment company to Reliable Healthcare Solutions of Morgantown and take on his new title of Business Department Coordinator at Pierpont. Jim manages the Business Department as well as teaches courses in business, economics, entrepreneurship, management, and marketing. Along with his teaching position Jim also owns and runs a business consulting firm and delivers presentations on entrepreneurship.
Jim has been married to his high school sweetheart for nearly 30 years. Both Jim and his wife were born and raised in Clarksburg, WV but have lived in Morgantown for over 20 years. Jim and his wife have two children. Jim has been a member of the NWVCIL Board of Directors since 2009.